During much of 2012 and 2013, I shot, edited, and assisted in overall production of a series of seven videos on behalf of The Wallace Foundation. The videos complement a written report detailing best practices for urban arts programs around the U.S. This video serves as the introduction for the entire project. The entire collection of the seven videos may be accessed here.
There’s an old adage applied to theater, filmmaking, and many other production arts that goes something like, “Good, fast, cheap – pick TWO.” The implications are probably obvious to most who are new to this. But, remember: you can’t have it all and something has to be sacrificed.
Now, having worked independently in nonfiction and marketing video production for nine years, I want to modify the old adage.
RIGHT, QUICK, AFFORDABLE, AND… EVERGREEN – PICK THREE.
Wow, too good to be true, you might wonder? Also, what in the world is “evergreen”? Operating with a background in journalism, I know that “evergreen” applies to content that is valid to be shown almost any season, for a variety of purposes, for a variety of audiences. With my experience of working for a variety of clients, I have found ways of creating content that does satisfy this description and makes clients/businesses look good always.
(originally posted on LinkedIn on November 16, 2016)
Treatment of health and medical topics in non-fiction video can be challenging. A careful balance must be found between conveying the important details and protecting a patient’s privacy. Moreover, HIPAA and various other regulations can limit how much information may be legally shared.
Over the past few years, I have explored a variety of subjects in my work, ranging from medical devices to stories of individual patients and caregivers. Finding the right visuals to accompany important story details is part of the effective solution. Striking a balance between emotional connection and scientific relevance is another important component.
(originally posted on LinkenIn May 4, 2016)
Sometimes we all get a little burned out from our usual grind, even if we are lucky enough to have work that doesn’t always feel like “work.” In this digital age, with all the possibilities for telecommuting and working remotely, there are few good reasons why we should constantly settle for not finding variety. Mix things up! Go to a new location to work for a few days! Think of a project which will (a) fulfill your professional ambitions, (b) show off some of your best skills, (c) excite you in the process, and (d) challenge you in new ways to find new capabilities. This is what I did in 2014.
What guides what we tell and what we owe to our subjects?
I’ve been thinking a lot about ethics in non-fiction video production and storytelling over the past couple of years, in particular. For a lot of people, video production means just setting up and pointing a camera, getting some good light on the subject and… Voilá! Put this clip next to that clip and you have a video! In reality, there are so many more levels to this than most of us realize. There are at least 4-5 different major software applications for editing, alone, with different values and variables for each. But one big component of video production which distinguishes elite producers from those still learning is ethics. (I know, I used to think ethics was boring, but it’s pretty exciting, actually!) This will probably be a multi-part (at least 2-part) series, so I will keep these posts fairly simple.
I was delighted to be hosted on The State of Things, WUNC FM’s program regarding issues in the Triangle of North Carolina. For a third of the hour-long show in February 2015, I talked with Frank Stasio about my fellowship studying urban gardens in Barcelona, Spain. For anyone interested in hearing what I sound like on radio, you can hear me HERE.
It seemed fitting to be interviewed in the United States, because I was previously interviewed in Spanish on RTVE in November 2014. (Being interviewed in English is a little less nerve-wracking.)